Shopping is the greatest hobby and it also makes women happy and a dilemma is created that only women love shopping. If provided with a shopping mall, men are more inclined towards shopping. Just a few years back, Pakistan was bereaved of the basic excursion requirement, i.e. Shopping centers.
The shopping center is defined as:
“Group of retail shops, restaurants, and other businesses with a common interest in soliciting sales. The facility is developed as planned commercial location and typically offers private, off-street parking facilities or areas.”
So there was a dire need for a place who has retail shops, restaurants as well as provide best shopping experience. Though big cities like Lahore and Karachi were still better than Islamabad, being the capital of Pakistan, deprived such necessities for a long time.
List of Top Shopping Centers in Pakistan
Previously, people of Pakistan seldom go out for shopping as there were no shopping markets. Later on, outlets were introduced in the hub of major cities, but there was no place where people could find everything under one roof instead of wandering here and there separately for different things. Keeping in view the demand for a place which has everything finally, some shopping malls came into existence, providing the best experience to people. Keeping in view the huge demand of Malls, the concerned authorities and business community finally pondered upon opening Pakistan shopping malls. Some large malls have made their way to Pakistan, who have different local and foreign brands.
These multi-storied malls not only provide a wonderful shopping experience but also offer enormous excursion pursuits and food arenas. All the modern malls in Pakistan are equipped with a residential place on the top floor, and also offices are available there.
1. Centaurus Mall – Islamabad:
Centaurus Mall is one of the biggest shopping centers in Pakistan. Being located in Islamabad, the mall is well designed and reflects an awesome piece of creation. The five-storied building has all the topmost brands of Pakistan displaying some good collection.
Moreover, the mall also has leading International brands on the ground floor. Having more than 250 shops, the Centaurus Mall has all the facilities one can ask for. The top floor is dedicated to the food court.
The three high buildings shining with the sun are easily visible from all over Islamabad. Being located in the heart of Islamabad, the Centaurs Mall has become the latest lifestyle icon of Islamabad.
2. Mall of Lahore:
It is the largest Multi-purpose shopping center having a large range of global brands. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Pakistan and the largest one in Punjab. It is constructed so beautifully that no one can deny its uniqueness. The Mall of Lahore located in the cantonment area, the mall stretches on an area of 650,000 sq. feet having more than seventy stores and 60 luxurious apartments. It is the largest shopping complex in the city, owned by the largest real estate firm of Pakistan ‘Bahria Town’.
It is a mix of traditional architecture and luxurious modern entertainment center that Is the best option for shopping. The mall has the list of hottest international brands like TAG Heuer, Nike, NEXT, Accessorize, McDonald’s, Mothercare, KFC, Levis, etc.
The festive Food Court offers the best in fast food and dining with international restaurants and cafes, along with local traditional cuisines catering to all tastes and palates.
This mall is effectively catering consumers need, from clothing to gold and electronics, people do not have to find any other option when Mall of Lahore in there.
3) Dolmen Mall, Karachi:
By Dolmen Mall, one would be thinking it is any other malls like discussed above. However, Dolmen is a set of three huge Malls, and Karachiites know about it. Basically, there are three Dolmen Mall: Dolmen Mall Clifton, Dolmen Mall Tariq Mall, and Dolmen Mall Hyderi.
• Dolmen Mall Clifton:
This mall is of great importance as it is situated alongside the coastline of Pakistan’s largest city Karachi. People love it due to the world-class architecture and state of art construction display in Pakistan. Previously, the place where Dolmen mall was constructed was a hotel and casino. This beautiful mall covers the areas of 600,000 square feet approximately. The mall has four towers connected together having 130 retail outlets including office spaces, shopping brands, food courts, and other kids’ oriented activities.
• Dolmen Mall Tariq Road:
It was Pakistan’s first retail set up which was inaugurated in 2001. This mall covers the area of 250,000 square feet and has six floors. It is house to around 300 retail outlets and also has a food court and entertainment areas. Located in the heart of Karachi, the mall provides a secure shopping experience.
• Dolmen Mall Hyderi:
Started operations in 2008, the Hyderi branch of Dolmen Mall is located in North Nazimabad. The mall stretches on the area of 55,000 square feet and has total number of six floors. Having more than 50 shopping brands, the mall is famous for its food court. Having a mixed variety of local and international brands, the mall is adding to the beauty of Karachi as a masterpiece.
4) Gulberg Galleria, Lahore:
No, it is not the biggest mall in Lahore, but it is the most beautiful one. It is a three-storied arcade having around forty-five shopping brands. This mall is of great importance as it is the house of designer fashion outlets. Moreover, it also features a Gym and spa facility along with a kid’s area. The food court of the mall is the same as other malls in Pakistan.
5) Giga Mall, Islamabad:
Giga Mall is located in DHA Islamabad, providing excellent shopping in Islamabad. It has more than 150 large stores which have a wide variety of collection when compared to other malls. It is the best shopping mall in Islamabad easily accessible from all across twin cities.
Aloof from shopping, Giga Mall also has enjoyable pursuits including fun city and Cinema presenting the ultimate experience in town. Having a large variety of food brands in twin cities make this place the best one to dine in.
Done with shopping and eating! What’s more? Giga Mall keeps its visitors alive by introducing fun-filled activities on special days. The mall has sufficient parking and Mosque in the basements allowing people to shop fearlessly whole day without missing a single Namaz.
6) Ocean Mall, Karachi:
This the tallest mall in Karachi having 28 floors, which is 120 meters high. Located at the heart of Clifton, Karachi, It has the specialty of including all the designers’ shops. The shopping mall having central air-condition system has different shopping brands and food court. It also has a parking garage to welcome visitors. It also has a kid’s area and cinema like other malls.
7) The Aquatic Mall:
The Aquatic Mall is Pakistan’s first marine-themed mall, having the tallest aquarium in the world. The Mall is stretched on the area of 24 Kanal and 13 Marla, but it has every facility one can ask for. Housing local and international brands, the mall is located at prime location of GT road, Rawalpindi and will be completed by the year 2022.
Tough the mall is still under construction, but it will take over all the malls in Pakistan due to different amenities and attractions offered. The Mall has a beautiful rooftop having infinity pool and skywalk. A helipad is also planned on the rooftop for VIPs.
These are the best malls in Pakistan in terms of brands and shopping mall designs. Many malls are still under construction, and soon they will also be in our list of must visit places. The Aquatic Mall is one of them, which is the first of its kind based on the marine theme. This Mall has the tallest aquarium housing a large variety of sea species. One main advantage of the shopping mall is an investment opportunity. It’s the right time to invest in The Aquatic Mall! So what are you waiting for?